Alles ist gut [All Is Well] (2018)

Alles ist gut
Director: Eva Trobisch
Writer: Eva Trobisch
Cast: Aenne Schwarz, Andreas Döhler, Hans Löw, Tilo Nest, Lina Wendel, Lisa Hagmeister, Dagny Dewath, Thomas Gräßle
Seen on: 19.12.2018
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Content Note: rape

Plot:
Janne (Aenne Schwarz) and her boyfriend Piet (Andreas Döhler) run a publishing house together, but they are struggling. So when Janne returns to her hometown for a high school reunion and meets with Robert (Tilo Nest) who she used to babysit for, she is very happy that he offers her a job. Robert also introduces her to Martin (Hans Löw), his brother-in-law who is also going to the reunion. Janne and Martin party together and when they make their way from the reunion, Janne offers Martin to crash on her sofa. He accepts, misreads the invitation as a come-on and makes a pass at her. When Janne rebukes him, he doesn’t stop though: he rapes her. Janne decides that it’s no big deal and that she will just go on as if nothing has happened. But that’s not as easy as she thinks.

Rape is often a topic in films in many different ways. But I have never seen it dealt with as Alles ist gut deals with it: realistically, looking at the everyday nature of it. It is a really strong film.

The film poster showing Janne (Aenne Schwarz) dressed only in panties, standing in the hallway of an apartment building.
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Die Kommune (The Commune)

Die Kommune [German]
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov
Cast: Regina Fritsch, Dorothee Hartinger, Alexandra Henkel [German], Elisa Plüss, Adina Vetter, Dietmar König, Fabian Krüger, Joachim Meyerhoff [German], Tilo Nest

Plot:
Erik (Joachim Meyerhoff) just inherited the family house and he and his wife Anna (Regina Fritsch) and their daughter Freja (Elisa Plüss) are about to move in. But they don’t want to move in alone. Instead they want to build a commune. So they find Ole (Tilo Nest), the couple Steffen (Dietmar König) and Ditte (Alexandra Henkel), Mona (Dorothee Hartinger) and Virgil (Fabian Krüger) to move in with them. And this works rather well until Erik meets Emma (Adina Vetter) after a few years and falls in love with her.

I very much enjoyed this play despite a few weaknesses that it has. I liked the stage design, the cast was really good and even though the story doesn’t exactly cover new ground it is still very engaging.

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